Tata has been releasing multiple teasers of its upcoming Harrier SUV lately. The big 5 seater SUV will be Tata’s new flagship vehicle and hence will be loaded to brim with goodies. While we had already brought you a teaser of its dashboard design and other design elements, now we bring you another one.
This one is among the biggest drops by Tata yet on the Harrier, as it clearly showcases its terrain response system, or drive select unit in simple language. Take a look at the teaser below before we get into the details.
As seen in the video, the Harrier gets a multiple drive select unit. Also present are the options to toggle the traction control and hill descent control on or off. The rotary dial looks quite the same like that present in Land Rover SUVs, on whose platform the Harrier is loosely based on.
In the video, we see the dial comes with three terrain options. From what we make out of it, starting from the left, the first option is a normal drive mode, the second one is slippery/wet surface mode while the last one is an uneven/rut surface mode.
What these modes do is to adjust the cars suspension, engine response and other dynamics to have the best possible control over the selected surface. While the normal drive mode would have the car going easy and normally, the other two would let the on board computer take care of the conditions to some extent.
This will go a long way in boosting the Harrier’s performance over unfavorable road conditions and during off roading. Land Rover cars are famous for their off road prowess and they also come with a similar drive selector, though it has more features and competence than the one used here.
The upcoming Tata Harrier is made on company’s new OMEGA platform, which has been derived from JLR’s D8 platform. The big SUV will be powered by four cylinder Multijet diesel engine which is dubbed as ‘Kryotec’ and has been sourced from Fiat. To let you know, the same engine also powers the Jeep Compass in India.
The engine output and other specifications are not yet known official but we expect the power to be around 140 Bhp in the Harrier. The engine will reportedly be mated to a 6-speed manual and a Hyundai-sourced 6-speed automatic gearbox. Tata Motors is expected to introduce a turbocharged petrol engine on the Harrier sometime in 2020.
In 2020, the Tata Harrier will get a 7 seat, longer sibling. Code-named the H7X, the new 7 seat SUV will share its mechanicals with the Harrier, but with higher power and torque outputs. Also, it will be pricier, and positioned as a new flagship vehicle for Tata Motors.